Facebook bug publicly shared the private posts of 14 million users

Well shucks

According to CNN, between May 18th and the 27th a bug caused around 14 million people to have their default sharing settings for new Facebook posts to be set to public.

Users who were affected by the bug, which appeared when the company was testing new features between May 18 and May 22, will get a notification to review their posts from that period to make sure they actually wanted them to be public and hadn't simply accepted the changed default setting.

"We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time", Egan said. The company's chief privacy officer shared a very brief statement, "We'd like to apologize for this mistake". Affected users will see a "Please review your posts" pop-up in their Facebook feed so they can review what private details might have leaked.

Facebook has been having a rough time with privacy and trust recently.

Those affected by this latest issue will receive notifications from Facebook starting Thursday.

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It is still unclear how numerous 14 million profiles that were affected may have posted content privately without realizing they were sharing publicly.

Facebook is now in the process of rolling out new privacy menus to all of its 2 billion users. That means if an eagle-eyed user didn't catch the bug, they likely shared some status updates publicly on Facebook that they meant to share only with friends.

The bug caps off a string of recent controversies for Facebook, most notably the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which resulted in 87 million users' data being harvested without their knowledge and shared with the Trump-affiliated research firm. And while the bug was only in effect for a few days, it's an example of how many different settings users have to be aware of on Facebook.

Facebook tells TechCrunch that it hears loud and clear that it must be more transparent about its product and privacy settings, especially when it messes up.

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